SAMURAI WAKISASHI SWORD - 10
The publicity provided by movies, television and the printed media have helped the Samurai sword become
one of the most desirable military antiques in the market. The beauty, simplicity and strength of the
sword have captured the imagination of the public at large.
The sword feature in this section is a Wakisashi. The blade dates back to the early 1800's (maybe even the late 1700's).
Ther blade shows some surface rusting and minor pitting. The handle has been re-wrapped using a combination of modern
and old parts. The Tsuba (handguard) is missing. no scabbard is available either.
The Wakisashi was developed during the Momoyama period. It was meant to be used as a weapon for
fighting indoors where the are restricted confines and where wielding a Katana would be more
difficult. The Wakisashi was meant to be worn as a companion to the Katana.
The top of the handle is old and shows fine craftsmanship in the detail of the flowery pattern. This
level of skill is normally associated with older swords.
This page is a recognition and identification guide for Samurai swords.
Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point
out clearly defined points that should be noted.
One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my Samurai Sword worth?".
A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the swords is
reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth
of the edge weapons in the collector's market is illustrated.
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The mid section of the blade shows some surface rusting and minor pitting to the edge. The blade determines
the value of the sword. It is important that sword owners learn the proper ways to handle the blades. this
will avoid expensive damage and a redution in value.
Some tips on the handling of swords include:
- Do not touch the blade
- Store in a dry place
- Wipe the blade clean with a soft cotton rag.
- DO not oil the blade
The tip remains sharp and strong. The tip will have different shapes. This helps establich the
type of sword you have. In combat, the tip was the most dangerous part of the sword. All of the quick slashing was
accomplished with this section of the blade.
This Samurai Sword may be currently reproduced.
It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because
the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with
the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item.
Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of
If you have an interest is seeing other Japanese Samurai swords, you can do so by going to our
Japanese Samurai Swords Price Guide
identification guide. Where we cover Samurai swords from all periods.